Before the Revolution


1h 50m 1965

Brief Synopsis

The study of a youth on the edge of adulthood and his aunt, ten years older. Fabrizio is passionate, idealistic, influenced by Cesare, a teacher and Marxist, engaged to the lovely but bourgeois Clelia, and stung by the drowning of his mercurial friend Agostino, a possible suicide. Gina is herself a bundle of nervous energy, alternately sweet, seductive, poetic, distracted, and unhinged. They begin a love affair after Agostino's funeral, then Gina confuses Fabrizio by sleeping with a stranger. Their visits to Cesare and then to Puck, one of Gina's older friends, a landowner losing his land, dramatize contrasting images of Italy's future. Their own futures are bleak.

Film Details

Also Known As
Prima della rivoluzione
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Jul 1965
Production Company
Iride Cinematografica
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Country
Italy
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Fabrizio, 20-years-old and caught up in Marxist ideology, rejects the stagnation of the Parmesian middle class background he shares with his fiancée, Clelia. Two friends encourage him: Cesare, a schoolteacher who serves as his guide in Marxism, and Agostino, the son of a prosperous manufacturer. He breaks with Clelia, and his dismayed parents invite his young aunt, Gina, to stay for a while in the hope that she can communicate with him. Then Agostino is drowned, and Fabrizio draws closer to Gina in his need for a close friend. She reciprocates his friendship, and they become secret lovers. Fabrizio finds difficulty in coping with Gina's unpredictable moods, however, and when one day he sees her emerging from a hotel with a chance acquaintance, his bitterness leads to a deterioration in their relationship. Finally Cesare helps Gina pack her suitcases to leave. Fabrizio becomes politically disillusioned and returns to Clelia, whose uncomplicated acceptance provides him with the security he needs. Although he encounters Gina again at the opera and discovers that his fascination with her remains, he marries Clelia. Cesare preaches revolution to a new generation of students and Gina tearfully embraces Fabrizio's younger brother.

Film Details

Also Known As
Prima della rivoluzione
Release Date
Jan 1965
Premiere Information
New York opening: 21 Jul 1965
Production Company
Iride Cinematografica
Distribution Company
New Yorker Films
Country
Italy
Location
Italy

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 50m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Quotes

Trivia

Notes

Rome opening: November 1964 as Prima della rivoluzione; running time: 115 min.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1996

Released in United States August 18, 1990

Released in United States May 1964

Released in United States on Video Fall 1989

Released in United States Summer July 21, 1965

Re-released in United States on Video July 23, 1996

Shown at Cannes Film Festival (International Critics Week) May 1964.

Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 18, 1990.

Released in United States on Video Fall 1989

Released in United States May 1964 (Shown at Cannes Film Festival (International Critics Week) May 1964.)

Released in United States Summer July 21, 1965

Re-released in United States on Video July 23, 1996

Released in United States August 18, 1990 (Shown at Lincoln Center, New York City in the series "A Roman Holiday" August 18, 1990.)

Released in United States 1996 (Shown in Los Angeles (Laemmle's Monica 4-Plex) August 3-4 as part of program "Bravo Bertolucci" June 29 - September 2, 1996.)